The Egg Producer’s Association has accused supermarkets of “ripping off customers” by raising prices more than they need to.

In an article on the Daily Telegraph website, the EPA highlighted that while supermarkets and packers have taken 71p of a 83p rise in the price of a dozen eggs, farmers have only seen their eggs rise by 12p to 77p/doz.

David Spackman of the EPA said that is insufficient to cover the increased cost of production. “They are squeezing the prices paid to producers while increasing their own profits on every box of eggs.”

“Producers have faced very large increases in their costs. Feed alone, which is mainly cereals, is up by 62% in a year.”